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OUTDOOR LEARNING

Outdoor Learning at St Pius X

 

At St Pius X, we look for opportuities to take the currciulum outdoors as this can have considerably beneficial impact on children's learning and development. From enhancing problem solving skills to communication and resilience, outdoor learning provides endless opportuities for exploration, experimentation and contextual learning. We have some wonderful outdoor spaces at St Pius X; in addition to our field and playgrounds, we have our wonderful Wildlife Area with log circle, pond, wooded areas, raised beds, bug hotels and plenty of space to explore and learn.

Welly Wednesday

On Wednesdays, teachers look for opportunities within the curriculum to take learning outside. This gives us the opportunity to be really creative. We might be conducting science investigations outside, using nature as a stimulus for creative writing or doing practical maths lessons. The sky's the limit when it comes to outdoor learning. Quite literally! Children are asked to bring in their wellies and warm coats and we all benefit from the extra fresh air and physical activity that outdoor learning offers us.

Forest School

In Year 1, we are beginning a new and exciting adventure in Outdoor Learning. Mrs Gallagher is in the process of becoming a Level 3 Qualified Forest School Leader and will be running weekly Forest School sessions with Year 1. Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting. We are very fortunate to have our wonderful Wildlife Area at St Pius X which is where the Forest School sessions will take place.

 

Sessions will be run with no more than fifteen children, in blocks of six weeks, so all children will have the opportunity to participate. Some activities that children may take part in are:

 

  • Fire lighting
  • Shelter building
  • Tool use
  • Studying wildlife
  • Playing in the mud kitchen
  • Playing team and group games
  • Sensory activities
  • Tracking games
  • Planting, harvesting and eating vegetables
  • Cooking on an open fire
  • Rope and string work
  • Art and design
  • Woodland and traditional craft
  • Developing stories and drama
  • Physical activities which develop fine motor and gross motor skills

 

This is a fantastic opportunity for the Year 1 children and we are very excited to be able to offer them this wonderful addition to our curriculum.

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